Chaplain's Tid Bit
For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
The longest verifiable lifespan on record is Jeanne Calment who died in August 1997 at the age of 122 years, 164 days. The youngest person in the top-ten longest-lived people died at the age of 116 years, 45 days. Remarkable, but nothing in comparison with Methuselah who died at the age of 969 (Genesis 5:27).
We know of two people who did not die physically: Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11). For the rest of humanity, the statistics are 100 percent: We all will die—except Christians living when the Rapture occurs (1 Thessalonians 4:17). The same thing that causes physical death—the curse of sin—means that sometimes death is not pleasant. Sickness and injury leading to death remind us that surely this is not the norm, not what God intended. Indeed not. The day is coming when “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying … no more pain.” Why? Because God has said, “I make all things new” (Revelation 21:4-5).
"Have no fear of dying or death. In Christ, you—your body, your health, your life—will be made new."
TURNING POINT WITH DR. DAVID JEREMIAH
" I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt."
ABATE of Washington
Black Thursday has been canceled. We will not be allowed to have our advocacy day in Olympia this coming January 2021. It has been confirmed through our contacts at the Capitol that they have canceled our Black Thursday event at the Capitol for January 21, 2021. However, even though our Black Thursday will be different from previous years, we are still pursuing our legislative efforts.
This coming January starts the first half of our legislative biennium and we have three Bills that we will be pushing this session:
1) Helmet Choice (We are attempting to get Rep Kirby to prime sponsor this Bill):
- allow those who ride to decide what gear they feel is appropriate
- provision to require liability and/or health insurance for non-helmet riders
2) Lane Sharing (Rep MacEwen will sponsor this Bill):
- a form of congestion relief on roadways for virtually no cost
- allows motorcycles to negotiate position on roads to increase safety
- only legal when traffic is stopped or traveling below 25 mph, and motorcyclist travels at 10 mph faster than traffic flow
3) Right-Hand Shoulder Riding (We are attempting to get Rep Orcutt to sponsor this Bill)
-Bill language is in process for this new Bill, but in general, it would allow riding on the right shoulder under the same conditions as lane sharing bill
Most of our legislative efforts with Legislators this coming year will likely have to take place within the individual districts rather than at the Capitol. It is a good idea for everyone to prepare for making appointments within their district(s) even though the final election results are not known yet. Everyone and every chapter should know what their district is by now. To verify your district, go to leg.wa.gov and select "Find Your District" from the menu. This link will also tell you who your Legislators are, one Senator and two Representatives. (after Dec 3rd). More specific information and suggested call format will be forthcoming.
Some of the significant things to note over the next few months are:
Jan 11th, legislative calendar begins for the 21-22 biennium. This is the long half of the biennium, so we have 90 days to push our Bills.
Bills must have passed out of the original Committee one month after the session starts (exact date to be determined as the session calendar has not been released yet).
Bills will only have approximately 5 weeks to make it out of its originating chamber after the start of the session (again, exact date to be determined).
In an attempt to prepare for the upcoming legislative session and to understand how constituents will be able to participate in the legislative process with the COVID restrictions, we would like to request everyone to contact their Legislators to inquire what options will be available as an alternative to coming to the State Capital.
To contact your legislators, follow the following steps.
To find your legislators, please go to the following link and put in your address, and select "Find My District". https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
Once you find your legislators, you can contact them by clicking on their name in the box and using the email link on their individual profiles or by finding their email addresses using this link and sending one email. https://app.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/
Note: In some cases, the legislative districts have not been updated on the Washington State Legislature website to reflect the changes from the recent election.
Copy and paste the following Subject and Body for the email or modify it to your style.
Participating in the Upcoming Legislative Session
I’m interested in knowing what alternatives we have to come to the Capital to raise issues that are important to us during this upcoming legislative session. Will there be a Zoom (or Zoom-like) alternative? Thanks for letting me know.
Keep fighting to protect our freedom!
Your Legislative Affairs Officers
ABATE of Washington
20th District Legislators
Rep Peter Abbarno (R)
411 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Rep Ed Orcutt (R)
408 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Sen John Braun (R)
303 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40420
Olympia, WA 98504
Link to State Legislature Home page
3rd Congressional District Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R)
Motorcycle Safety & Education
Lewis County A.B.A.T.E
Motorcycle Safety and Education Program
It is a pleasure to help new drivers to be aware of motorcycles on our roadways. I have been teaching Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties for the past 3 years. I found it to be very rewarding and a great benefit to our community to spread the word of Motorcycle safety. In my opinion, Motorcycle safety cannot be taught enough in our high schools and driving schools and to all drivers, no matter what kind of vehicle or motorcycle they drive. I hope to keep teaching new drivers whenever and wherever I can. “REMEMBER” always look before you act. It may Save A Life of a Brother, Sister or maybe one of your own family. HEY, were out there!! This message came from a motorcycle rider near you!
Lewis County Chapter Motorcycle Safety
and Education Chairpersons,
Keith Allen and Loren "Low" Ackerman
2020 Motorcycle Knowledge Testing Schedule for Lewis County
Contact Puget Sound Safety for information on testing and safety courses.
Rider Down! What would you do?